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Melba Moore Net Worth

Melba Moore Net Worth is
$30 Thousand

Melba Moore Bio/Wiki 2018

After graduating from school, Melba Moore determined to be a music teacher but shortly after, she pursued a career on music. Her acting career began in 1967 when she played the part of Dionne on the musical Hair. Her remarkable portrayal of character on Purlie got her two movie characters and released of two successful records, Look What You’re Doing to the Man and I Got Love afterwards. Later on, she returned to Broadway. She played parts in stage productions like Les Misrables, Sweet Tunes of the Soul,I am Still Standing and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Full NameMelba Moore
Net Worth$30 Thousand
Date Of BirthOctober 29, 1945
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
Height1.55 m
EducationMontclair State University, Newark Arts High School
SpouseCharles Huggins (m. 1975–1991)
ParentsBonnie Davis, Teddy Hill
SiblingsGwendolyn Louise Hill
NicknamesMelba More, Moore, Melba, Melba Hill, Beatrice Melba Smith, Beatrice Melba Hill, Beatrice Hill
AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, This Is It, Love's Comin' at Ya, You Stepped Into My Life
NominationsGrammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, This Is It, Love's Comin' at Ya, You Stepped Into My Life
Movies, The Fighting Temptations, more
TV ShowsThe Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, Melba, Ellis Island
1[about her breakup with Clifton Davis]: It was devastating to break up, because I thought I found the love that was going to be there for the rest of my life, and everybody would just kind of tore apart of me away.
2[on John P. Kee]: I love John P. Kee. This song illustrates the classic power of what gospel is and conveys that there is a God and that no matter what is going on, you will be alright. Chris Davis did a great arrangement on the song which just drives you into a higher place. The chord changes just pull you up and hopefully Phil and I do too.
3[when she paid homage to Dionne Warwick]: Dionne Warwick has a certain sound and feeling in her voice that is completely her own. She does not sound like anyone else. I tried to capture the sweet smooth charisma of her voice.
4Music is what God allows me to do. Music was a centerpiece in my family. My parents were musicians and so were many of my aunts and uncles.
5[who confesses about keeping the faith]: Everybody's got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream how you gonna have a dream come true? At the same time, all things come to an end and you have to be able to reinvent yourself. You either have to change or die. I just know that and I am willing to surrender before it kills me!
6[on her true calling]: Singing is my ministry and my art. Music is what God allows me to do and the opportunity came now and it feels right! When I was asked to do this project and collaborate with Phil Perry, I said 'heck yeah!' With Phil everything is there - power, a certain freshness, emotion, artistry and an incredible range!
7[about focusing on gospel music]: I've had such a struggle to re-direct myself. I need to find out who I am as an artist. We let God re-create us.
8[on being a born-again Christian]: As the years went by, we saw the devastation that has come upon us because of sexual immorality. And we had no idea that our popularizing taking drugs was going to be so devastating. I regret that. But I know that, with every age, we make mistakes.
9[when believing that "Hair," would dealt with such topics as: drugs, sexism, racism, politics, among many others]: I think it's still excellent as an example of the period. But I feel, as a mature artist now, that you have a responsibility to try to reflect the best. We have the same difficulties with gangster rap and all that: we took the lowest aspect of society and glamorized it. But again, I can't condemn. I can say, 'Please forgive me for not knowing better. Now I'll try to do better.'
10Winning the Grammy is the highest critical accolade, which says your peers respect what you've achieved. For me, it meant I was now free to explore and grow. I always smile and say, 'I'm still here, not in the mainstream radar, but you need to catch up to me.'
1Stepdaughter of Clem Moorman.
2Did a lot of session singing in the 1960s, including "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb in 1966. Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson also sang on the track.
3Won Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "Purlie," which launched her TV and recording career.
4Recorded "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which was entered into the Congressional Record and is now the official African-American national anthem.
5Studied piano and voice at the High School for Performing Arts and received a bachelor's degree in music education from Montclair (NJ) State College.
6Her mother was a singer and her father played saxophone and ran the popular jazz club Mitten's Playhouse in Harlem.
7Formerly a schoolteacher
8Legendary for possessing a four-octave vocal range.
9In 1996 took over the role of Fantine in "Les Miserables" on Broadway, the first black actress to play that role.
10After ten years, she is putting out a new album of gospel songs (2002).
11Has a one woman show in 1998-"Sweet Songs: A Journey In One Life
12She went on welfare in 1992 and was shunned by her friends. Her daughter left her and moved in with Bill Cosby's family.
13Daughter of vocalist Bonnie Davis.


The Fighting Temptations2003Bessie Cooley
Square One Television1992TV SeriesCarol DeVilbis
Mathnet1992TV SeriesCarol Devilbis
Def by Temptation1990Madam Sonya
Monsters1989TV SeriesAngela Lyle
All Dogs Go to Heaven1989Whippet Angel (voice)
Mother's Day1989TV Movie
The Cosby Show1988TV SeriesPatricia Abbott
ABC Afterschool Specials1987TV SeriesMs. Varady
Falcon Crest1987TV SeriesFrancine Hope
Melba1986TV SeriesMelba Patterson
Hotel1985TV SeriesDebra Andrews
American Playhouse1985TV SeriesCharlotte Forten
ABC Weekend Specials1985TV SeriesMs. Rogers
Ellis Island1984TV Mini-SeriesFlora Mitchum
The Love Boat1979-1984TV SeriesShelley Rush / Claudette Plummer
Loving1983TV SeriesDr. Burkhart (1992)
Purlie1981TV MovieLutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
Flamingo Road1980TV SeriesAlma
Hair1979'3-5-0-0' Soloist
The American Woman: Portraits of Courage1976TV MovieHarriet Tubman
Lost in the Stars1974Irina
Pigeons1970Model at Party
Cotton Comes to Harlem1970Singer at the Apollo Theater (uncredited)
Some Kind of a Nut1969One of Bunny's Bunch (uncredited)


Unsung2012TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Melba Moore: Live in Concert2007Video performer: "The Other Side Of The Rainbow", "You Stepped Into My Life", "This Is It", "Falling", "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", "Stormy Weather", "I Concentrate On You", "Air Mail Special", "Mozart", "Summertime", "Hair Medley", "Purlie", "Everything With Breath Praise The Lord", "Nobody But Jesus", "Don't Stop Prayin'", "A Little Bit More", "Lean On Jesus", "Christmas Medley" / writer: "The Other Side Of The Rainbow"
The Fighting Temptations2003performer: "Amazing Grace", "Rain Down", "He Still Loves Me", "Time To Come Home"
Def by Temptation1990performer: "Face to Face"
All Dogs Go to Heaven1989performer: "Let Me Be Surprised"
Space Riders1988performer: "Love's Comin' at Ya"
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV Special performer: "Take My Breath Away"
Soul Train1986TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 19651986TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bad Boys1983performer: "Don't Go Away"
Purlie1981TV Movie performer: "Purlie", "The Harder They Fall", "I Got Love", "He Can Do It"
Yesterday's Hero1979performer: "Pick Me Up, I'll Dance"
Hair1979performer: "Three-Five-Zero-Zero"
A Sensitive, Passionate Man1977TV Movie performer: "My Sensitive, Passionate Man"
Top of the Pops1976TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Cotton Comes to Harlem1970performer: "Ain't Now, But it's Gona Be", "My Salvation", "Black Enough"
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV Special performer: "I Got Love"
Sesame Street1969TV Series performer: "Yakety Yak - Take it Back" - as Tibi the Take it Back Butterfly


Unsung2009TV Series documentary archival photos - 1 episode
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In2007TV Movie documentary photos


Melba Moore: Live in Concert2007Video


Lord Help Us2007Video

Music Department

A Sensitive, Passionate Man1977TV Movie title song vocalist


Melba Moore: Live in Concert2007Video producer


VH1 Rock Docs2010TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
American Experience2008TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Eyes on the Prize1990TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode


Shapes of Rhythm: The Music of Galt MacDermotDocumentary post-productionHerself - Interviewee: Singer
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Why the Face2016TV SeriesHerself
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2015 AMG Heritage Awards 5th Year Spectacular2016TV MovieHerself - Performer
Unsung2009-2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Praise the Lord2002-2013TV SeriesHerself
All Night with Joey Reynolds2011TV SeriesHerself
Showbiz Talk2011TV MovieHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Melba Moore: Live in Concert2007VideoHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
2002 Trumpet Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Behind the Music2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 12th Annual Black Achievement Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986-1990TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1990TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1989TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1989TV MovieHerself
Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit1989TV MovieHerself
The 10th Annual Black Achievement Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1986-1988TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Solid Gold1986-1988TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1972-1988TV Series documentaryHerself / Guest
Showtime at the Apollo1987TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Happy New Year, America1986TV SpecialHerself
Let's Go Mets1986Documentary shortHerself
New American Bandstand 19651986TV SeriesHerself
Nightlife1986TV SeriesHerself
Morning1985-1986TV SeriesHerself
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHerself
The 3rd Annual Black Gold Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Formule 11983TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1982-1983TV SeriesHerself
Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight1982TV MovieHerself
The All-Time American Songbook1982TV MovieHerself - Singer
Macy's 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade1980TV MovieHerself
WWF Club1980TV SeriesHerself (1983)
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
The Tim Conway Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The Beatrice Arthur Special1980TV MovieHerself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
Captain Kangaroo1979TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself
The Midnight Special1979TV SeriesHerself
Soul Alive1977TV SeriesHerself
Numéro 11976TV SeriesHerself
The Bobby Vinton Show1975TV SeriesHerself
NBC Special Treat1975TV SeriesHerself
The 20th Annual Obie Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Black Journal1975TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself
Flip1971-1974TV SeriesHerself
Opryland U.S.A.1973TV SpecialHerself
The Carol Burnett Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1972TV SeriesHerself
The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
Engelbert with the Young Generation1972TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Performer and Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Soul!1970TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

A Bing Crosby Christmas1998Video documentaryHerself

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